In 2016, a small (but mighty) group of Stockton 'boomerangs' and newcomers created Third City Coalition, a volunteer-driven initiative to bring people together in the heart of the city. Since then, we’ve gone from ideas to action on place-based events and projects to build our network of collaborators.


Third City Coalition exists to drive positive change throughout the city. To reach success, each and every Stocktonian will need to roll up their sleeves and learn to work together to solve our most complex issues. We do this to honor the legacy of all those who have come before us, for those who work with us today as we build a community where no one is left behind and everyone belongs, and for future Stocktonians so that they will share our love of place and have the tools, knowledge, and agency to step up and lead.

Our Mission

Third City Coalition was founded with the understanding that places like Stockton are not alone in the struggle to find a path forward. Long-standing economic, social, and environmental challenges have deeply impacted the quality of life for many in Stockton. But we believe that when we step out of our comfort zone, think creatively about issues, and engage in honest and open-minded exchange, we can solve our deepest challenges together. We believe that we can design our communities in ways that prioritize people and our planet so that future generations will prosper.

Third City Coalition is committed to:

1) documenting and retelling an inclusive historical record as a way of changing the narrative and building civic pride;

2) creating a platform of shared spaces for learning about civic issues;

3) supporting and empowering neighborhood advocates who work to improve Stockton;

4) cultivating opportunities for human capital investment.

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.
— Jane Jacobs